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    Default Re: [Masks IC] Resurrection Roundabout: Drawing Individuals

    Quote Originally Posted by Thanqol View Post
    "It's part of his religion," said Naota. "He's a member of the Church of Shipping. They are a widespread religious order that formed in the early 21st century around the belief that love can be found in the most unexpected places. They have many lay members, but the priests and monks of the religion dedicate their lives to crafting elaborate monuments to these improbable couples. A "Ship" is when a member of the Church identifies some form of romantic chemistry between two people. This can be based on anything, or nothing - the bitterest of rivals, the closest of friends, abstract concepts, or people who lived and died centuries apart while never meeting can all be Shipped. The basic response when identifying a Ship is to invoke the prayer "I Ship It", and for many members that's where it ends. Some then draw, paint or write great works exploring their favoured Ship, and in so doing their Ship gains traction and popularity within the Church.

    "One of the most serious prayers in the Church is the "1tp" - the One True Pairing. While ordinary Ships are marked by mashing the names of the two or more subjects together, the One True Pairing is honoured by affixing 1tp to the end. This is the Ship that Shipper has chosen to dedicate themselves to, and they will consider any rival ship to be the most rank heresy and wage ongoing Flame Wars to promote their 1tp.

    "Note that these Ships are based around the idea of perceived, potential love. A curious aspect of the Church of Shipping is that when a relationship actually begins between two Shipped subjects - added to the Church's great Canon - then all interest is immediately lost, the matter is considered resolved, and the members move on to different things."
    "As a religion, it's... interesting. As an allegory for human culture, sure, that works. Interesting that people find such enjoyment in imagining various relationships, but then you said they seem to lose interest as soon as the wish comes true. Is it better in their head, or is it that the chase is better than the actual thing? Still doesn't quite explain the name..." She pauses. If she was built differently, you'd literally see the gears turning. "Ferraphim. Ferra. Saraphim."

    ==NotFerra has logged on==
    NotFerra: @Ferraphim1tp. Explain.
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